This book’s roots lie with my international bestseller Macintosh System 7.5 For Dummies, an award-winning book so good that now-deceased Mac cloner Power Computing gave away a copy with every Mac clone it sold. Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies is the latest revision and has been, once again, completely updated to include all the Mac OS X goodness found in Snow Leopard. In other words, this edition combines all the old, familiar features of previous editions — but is once again updated to reflect the latest and greatest offering from Apple as well as feedback from readers.
Why write a For Dummies book about Snow Leopard? Well, Snow Leopard is a big, somewhat complicated, personal-computer operating system. So I made Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies a not-so-big, not-very-complicated book that shows you what Snow Leopard is all about without boring you to tears, confusing you, or poking you with sharp objects.
In fact, I think you’ll be so darned comfortable that I wanted the title to be Mac OS X Snow Leopard Without Discomfort, but the publishers wouldn’t let me. Apparently, we For Dummies authors have to follow some rules, and using Dummies and Mac OS X Snow Leopard in this book’s title are among them.
And speaking of “dummies,” remember that it’s just a word. I don’t think you’re dumb — quite the opposite! My second choice for this book’s title was Mac OS X Snow Leopard For People Smart Enough to Know They Need Help with It, but you can just imagine what Wiley thought of that. (“C’mon, that’s the whole point of the name!” they insisted. “Besides, it’s shorter our way.”)